Historic Wrigley Field receives funding for a serious makeover

Fans during the seventh inning stretch at a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh...

Fans during the seventh inning stretch at a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 9, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1. (AFP)

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, Last Updated: 5:46 PM ET

It's official: historic Wrigley Field has received funding for a serious makeover.

Chicago city council on Wednesday approved a $500-million renovation to Wrigley -- $300 million of which will go towards fixing up the ballpark itself. The other $200 million is reserved for upgrading Wrigleyville, the area surrounding the century-old landmark.

A large video message board in left field is the main upgrade the Chicago Cubs' home is set to receive.

Wrigley had previously been renovated in 1938 and 1988.

Famous for its ivy-covered brick outfield walls, Wrigley is the second oldest active stadium in Major League Baseball, next to Boston's Fenway Park. It holds 41,009 for a big-league game.

It is named after ex-Cubs owner and gum mogul William Wrigley Jr.

The Cubs began playing out of Wrigley in 1916. The city's NFL franchise, the Chicago Bears, were tenants from 1921 to 1970.

Originally, Wrigley was called Weeghman Park from 1914 to 1920. It went by the moniker Cubs Park from 1920 to 1926.

--With files from Sun wire services


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